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Merlin Mann: What Makes for a Good Blog?

Merlin Mann posted an intriguing blog post over at 43 Folders the other day, outlining the key points to keep in mind when creating a blog. My personal favorite was the seventh point:

Good blogs make you want to start your own blog. At some point, everyone wants to kill the Buddha and make their own obsessions the focus. This is good. It means you care.

I liked this one because, well, it’s what happened to me. I spent so much time reading blogs (and, in my opinion, good blogs), that I thought to myself, “Hey, why can’t I do that?” And after a few failed attempts and a still failing revision, I’ve been pretty happy with the results.

I’ve always felt the point of a blog was twofold; to bring up topics that the writer is interested in, and to bring up topics that the reader is interested in. If you aren’t getting feedback, there’s no point in it being public. Blogs of those nature should stay as text files in your documents folder. But you also can’t be writing about things you know nothing about; this will only infuriate the readers after they constantly correct you. The happy medium is where it’s at, my friends.

And that brings me back to Merlin’s point. A good blog doesn’t just spur discussion. It causes the reader to want to discuss the topic so in depth that they have to go create their own blog because a simple comment on a post just won’t do. It’s as good goal to strive for, and I hope that someday (however unlikely) I’ll be able to achieve that.

If you’re a blogger, you should definitely take the time to read the rest of Merlin’s post. If 10% of the bad blogs out there took that advice, we’d have a much more interesting Internet.

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August 21, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Musings | , , , | Leave a comment

I’m back!

You thought I was a goner, didn’t you?  Yes, it has been close to three months since I last updated, but that certainly doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned my loyal readers.  Let your RSS feeds flourish with my grandiose posts!

The first thing you may notice is the dramatically different design.  I became tired of the old one, although it did do many things well.  I feel this design is much better suited for the style of blog I’m running, that of short posts and lots of links and videos.  The old design looked terrible when I didn’t write copious amounts, but this one looks good for posts of any size.

The second thing I’ve just finished working on is fixing all of my tags and categories.  When I first started this blog, I completely ignored tags and just used categories, due to my own ignorance.  I literally didn’t read the captions to each, and was using categories as tags!  Yes, I am an idiot.  Now the tags function as tags, and the categories are much more concise.  Only want to read posts where I post videos?  Then follow this link.  Or are you simply into my opinions (bless you!)?  Then use this link.  My hope is that this will be much more user-friendly.

A lot has happened in my absence, but I’m not going to go on a posting frenzy of what I failed to publish over the past few months.  I will instead attempt to get back into the groove of blogging.  This blog will never deliver on its promise of a post every day, but what I can’t give you in quantity I hope to make up for in quality.

You can still follow me on Twitter, so keep tabs on me there.

And for those of you who’ve never seen this blog before, here are my old designs:

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 2.0

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Musings | , , , , | Leave a comment

John Roderick Has A Blog

John Roderick may be a dick, but he has a way with words (mostly lyrics, but also prose).  He’s now doing a weekly blog for the Seattle Weekly, which you can find here.  Here’s a snippet of my favorite part:

In any case, this next Long Winters album is going to have a lot of lunar-eclipse-influenced disco jams on it, and the Seattle Weekly asked me to blog about it because they are running out of ideas and hoping to squeeze some free content out of people. I, for one, don’t mind because I’m mad about blogging! I was thinking the other day that, what with the incredible shortage of books and magazines in the world, I’d like to dedicate more of my precious reading hours to consuming the unedited journaling of as many amateur diarists as time permits! Hooray!

It may be ironic or hypocritical to say I loved that bit, but the fact is I completely agree with his sentiment.  In general, blogs are run and written by non-experts who have no journalism background and just want attention and to have people listen to them.  Yes, the lines are being blurred more and more often (I don’t knock the Weekly, for instance, for having it’s normal writers also blog from day to day), but the fact remains that most of what people want to say is not worth reading.  I have this blog for myself, and for anyone who wants to read it, but I don’t need the validation of 100 strangers coming here everyday like most bloggers do.

Go read a book.  Go do your homework.  Go try to make the world a better place in whatever way you know how.  If you have time to stop by here (or any other blog you like) and see what’s happening, great.  But don’t get any sort of miscommunication that what I (or any other blogger) say is more important than what you might say.  We’re all in the same boat, just pontificating to the world.  That, and linking to awesome videos of cats playing the piano:

And on a related note, I didn’t hate bloggers so much until Gizmodo pulled their prank at CES.  Since then I’ve adblocked their entire site, and have avoided all Gawker Media publications.  Morons.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Musings | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Notten This Life

Natalie has a blog!  Check it out here.  She’s one of my best friends, and plans to keep her blog updated every weekday with the best information on entertainment (whether the Hollywood type or her own personal fun).

Just don’t forget to come back here to your roots.  I update on weekends!

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indeed

Kyle has joined WordPress.  You best read up on his posts.

September 21, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | , , | Leave a comment